We craft all our bespoke noise-reduction windows. The frames which house our acoustically engineered glass are all made-to-measure to the nearest millimetre. One major concern when crafting our bespoke timber window frames is the ‘movement’ of the wood that we use in construction. Typically timber falls into one of three categories – large, medium or small movement – which determines the amount that the wood will move when it absorbs moisture from the air. Large movement can cause problems such as warping and cracking depending on whether the wood becomes too wet or too dry.
Although we can take steps to minimise the impact of water absorption, through various practices such as drying the timber and treating it with coats of paint and varnish, wood is a hygroscopic material and will always seek to reach equilibrium with the moisture content of its environment. As such we use the technique of multi-layering to compensate for the wood’s natural tendency to expand and contract.
Multi-Layered Timber Windows
In the practice of creating multi-layered timber, at least three layers of timber are strongly glued together with their grains set in opposing directions. This not only reinforces the strength of the timber frames but helps to counteract the swelling and shrinking of wood as it takes on and loses water. As timber becomes more humid, for example, water begins to fill up the cavities between its cells, this causes these cavities and the timber to expand. As it dries out, the cavities empty and the wood shrinks. When this expansion and contraction occur concurrently in this way through the layers of multi-layered wood, movement is evened out. As their grains lie in opposing directions, the moisture movement of the water is evened out, thus preventing the warping that you would otherwise find in single-layered timber constructions.
This is by no means a new technique and has been employed throughout the ages to create wooden structures that needed to be particularly resistant to potential water damage. For years, multi-layered timber has been used in the UK to create bridges, roofs, stadiums and other high-demanding span timber structures. It is utilised for its longevity and sturdiness.
Engineered Timber Window Frames
The advantages of using this type of engineered timber for our range of windows are many-fold. At the top of the list, however, is its potential in terms of design. Multi-layered timber retains the natural product’s positive qualities including aesthetic and ecological sustainability, whilst accruing the advantages of being far more reliable and easy to work with. This timber can be designed to meet application-specific requirements far more easily than natural solid wood. As a result, window frame designs have become smarter and more intuitive, without having to account for the twisting and warping that will occur in solid wood designs. This means that we, at Hugo Carter, can create more intricate and spectacular bespoke timber window frames which not only work around the environment they are placed in but also offer an increased guarantee of durability.
The Benefits of Multi-Layered Timber Window Frames
Timber window frames created with multi-layered wood offer a plethora of benefits that make them a timeless and favoured choice among homeowners and professionals alike. These frames, crafted from natural wood but strengthened in the multi-layering process, provide a unique blend of aesthetic appeal, environmental sustainability, and functional advantages. One of their standout features is their unparalleled natural beauty. The grain patterns, textures and colours of natural wood are retained adding a touch of elegance and warmth to any space. Timber window frames create a sense of authenticity that can’t be replicated by synthetic materials, enhancing the overall aesthetics of both traditional and contemporary architectural styles.
Timber’s inherent versatility allows for a wide range of design possibilities too. Whether you’re aiming for a rustic cottage charm or a sleek modern look, our timber window frames created by multi-layering can be customised to match your vision. The Hugo Carter soundproof windows range brings you various styles including timber casement windows and timber sash windows that can seamlessly integrate with the architectural character of your home.
The Sustainability of Multi-Layered Timber
In an era focused on environmental responsibility, multi-layered timber window frames shine as a sustainable choice. Wood is a renewable resource, and responsible harvesting practices ensure the replenishment of forests. Commercial, responsibly run forests also act as carbon sinks, capturing carbon dioxide and contributing to a greener planet. Choosing timber frames promotes eco-conscious living by reducing reliance on energy-intensive materials like PVC or aluminium.
Timber frames offer excellent thermal insulation properties too. Wood is a natural insulator, helping regulate indoor temperatures by minimising heat transfer. This leads to reduced energy consumption for heating and cooling, resulting in lower utility bills and a smaller carbon footprint. All this is in addition to timber window frames excellent sound-dampening properties, which is the reason we always use them in the first place. Choosing multi-layered timber frames is a sustainable ideal position for eco-friendly homeowners who want the best.
You can start the journey towards soundproof timber windows with a visit from our team of experts. They will be able to demonstrate the results we can achieve and give you a no-obligation quote.